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Stakeholders Bullish on Green Bond as Global Demand Hits $60trn

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  • Stakeholders Bullish on Green Bond as Global Demand Hits $60trn

Stakeholders in the Nigerian capital market have said the bid by the federal government to raise funds through Green Bonds issuance would be successful given the high demand for the instrument by investors globally.

The federal government is planning to raise N20 billion via Green Bond before the end of the first quarter to fund projects that have environmental benefits. As part of the programmers, leading to the bond issuance, the Green Bonds Capital and Investors Conference was organised last week in Lagos by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office (DMO).

Participants at the conference expressed confidence that the issuance would be highly successful.

For instance, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema said oversubscription in Green Bond issuance is commonplace, meaning that the planned issuance by Nigeria will record significant patronage.

According to him, assets under management by signatories to United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (Green Investment) rose from $4 trillion in 2006 to $60 trillion in 2015.

Besides, he said assets managed by institutional investors in the Organisation for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries are projected to hit $120 trillion in 2019.

This, Onyema explained, are signals of a vibrant green bonds market that Nigeria will benefit from.

Explaining the decision to issue the Green Bond at the conference Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said the bond would support the federal government’s shift to non-oil base assets for project financing for economic growth and development.

According to him, the proceeds of the bond would be used for environmental projects such as renewable energy micro-utilities in three communities estimated at N10 billion and would provide an average of 33KW of power through solar technology.

He noted that the environment finance was very important for environmental projects, noting that the Green bond would address climate change and environmental projects to ensure sustainable development.

Osinbajo, who described the initiative as a new addition to the market funding portfolio, added that the proceeds would be used by Nigeria to fight climate change.

He said that climate change had led to increase in natural disasters thereby affecting food, water and energy supply, thereby increasing poverty level of populace.

Also speaking at the conference, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, said government’s new proposed economic recovery and growth plan identifies the Green Bonds as one of the alternative sources of financing.

“Government is ready and committed to diversifying the economy, creating Jobs, improving security and improving quality of life. Green Bonds provides a new product with new credentials that investors can buy into which has gone through a vigorous process to ensure transparency, accountable use of funds and is environmentally friendly,” she said.

The minister called on the domestic capital markets to rally round the issuances.

“Our domestic market need to rally around our own domestic issuances. The recently issued Euro Bonds are a testament to us that the Nigerian Market is still viable. So, let’s translate that to domestic issuances. Greening our economy and financial systems will in the long run support our sustainability efforts and improve the economy as it will open new avenues for new types of jobs, innovation and skill,” she added.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya

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DSS Arrests EFCC, Acting Chairman, Magu

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DSS Arrested Magu, the Acting Chairman of EFCC

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on allegation bordering on financial misappropriation, abuse of power and embesslement.

The Acting Chairman was accused of siphoning part of the money recovered from looters, a Punch reported stated.

The report stated “It was learnt that the security details to Magu put up a stiff resistance during the arrest of their principal, as they objected to the DSS move.

But he is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.

This is happening barely two weeks after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) reportedly complained to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) about Magu’s conduct and advised that he should be relieved of his appointment.

The AGF was said to have accused Magu of insubordination and discrepancies in the figures of funds recovered by the EFCC.

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Again CBN Debits Banks N118 Billion for Failing to Meet CRR Target

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CBN Debits Deposit Money Banks N118bn for Not Meeting CRR Target

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday debited the nation’s deposit money banks a total sum of N118 billion for failing to meet 27.5 percent Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) target.

This is the fourth of such action, bringing the total amount debited so far this year to N2.2 trillion.

According to Tunde Abidoye, an analyst at Lagos-based FBN Quest, the move brings “further downward pressure on banks liquidity ratios and earnings.”

“Based on the total sum that each bank has been debited this year, and our NIM assumptions for each bank, we estimate an aggregate opportunity cost of funds of N86bn for our universe of banks coverage,” Abidoye stated in a note to clients.

The central bank continues to debit banks to force them to loan more into the real sector and also reduce their forex purchasing power to better manage the nation’s weak foreign reserves and curb capital outflow. A series of recent reports have pointed to a possible foreign exchange devaluation to ease pressure on the nation’s reserves.

The report shows that the Stanbic IBTC and Guaranty Trust Bank were debited N15 billion each.

Details later…

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Debt Market: Dangote Cement Raises N250 Billion in H1, 2020

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Dangote Cement Raises N250 Billion From Debt Market in H1 2020

Dangote Cement raised a total sum of N250 billion from the nation’s debt market in the first half of the year, according to the FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited.

In the statement published on the FMDQ website, the N250 billion debt includes the N100 billion Series 1 Bond raised under Dangote Cement’s N300 billion Bond Programme and the N150 billion Commercial Paper (Series 13-16 Domestic CP Issuance Programme) offered earlier in the year and now listed and quoted on FMDQ Securities.

Mr Michel Puchercos, the Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement, was quoted as saying, “This landmark transaction is the largest-ever bond issuance by a corporate issuer in Nigeria.

“It allows us to further broaden our sources of funding by accessing long-term debt at competitive costs from the capital market and builds further on the success of our domestic commercial paper programme.

“The success of these transactions, in the current challenging environment, illustrates investors’ continuous confidence in Dangote Cement’s strategy, strong cash generation and solid credit profile.”

Mr Kobby Bentsi-Enchill, the Executive Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, said, “Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited has a long history of partnering with Dangote Cement Plc, and are delighted to have advised on this landmark corporate bond issuance, which reflects the depth and diversity of the Nigerian debt capital markets.”

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